Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Enters 12th Storied Year April 28-29 at UCLA

Dr. Phil McGraw, Tim Gunn, Kirk Douglas, Criss Angel, Sherman Alexie,

Walter Mosley, Arianna Huffington, Ellen Burstyn, Pico Iyer, T.C. Boyle,

Mary Higgins Clark, Michael Connelly, S.E. Hinton, Ray Bradbury, Martin

Yan, Joseph Wambaugh and James Ellroy Scheduled to Celebrate the World of

Books With Southern California

Mar 21, 2007, 01:00 ET from Los Angeles Times

    LOS ANGELES, March 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The city renowned as the
 entertainment capital of the world will roll out the red carpet to
 celebrate the nation's largest public literary festival when the Los
 Angeles Times, in association with UCLA, holds the 12th Annual Festival of
 Books. The event will take place Saturday April 28 (10 a.m. - 6 p.m.) and
 Sunday April 29 (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.) on the beautiful University of
 California campus in West L.A.
     "The Los Angeles Times is proud to host one of the most beloved and
 unique literary events in Southern California for the 12th straight year
 and we cherish the opportunity to promote literacy while bringing the world
 of books to life," said Publisher David D. Hiller.
     Over 130,000 book lovers are expected to attend the festival, which
 will bring together a notably hip, eclectic and entertaining group of
 celebrities, from the lovable mentor of "Project Runway" Tim Gunn to
 "Gilligan's Island" fashion plate Tina "Ginger" Louise, from Dr. Phil to
 gothic illusionist, musician and "Mindfreak" host Criss Angel, and from
 basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to "Mary Poppins" herself, Julie
 Andrews Edwards.
     The celebration will showcase many activities for fans of literary
 genres ranging from classics to comics and feature a literal who's who of
 writers, including "Conversations With" renowned authors such as Gore
 Vidal, Walter Mosley and Ray Bradbury. Book signings will meld with musical
 performances, groundbreaking poetry readings and cooking demonstrations
 from star chefs. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the people who
 pen the best-sellers as well as their publishers, explore hundreds of
 unique exhibits, experience dozens of staged events and even enjoy visits
 from popular children's characters.
     The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books was created in 1996 by The
 Times to promote literacy and to unite those who create books with the
 people who love to read them.
     General event information, including a list of authors is available at
 http://www.latimes.com/events. Information is also available by calling
 1-800-LA TIMES, ext. 7BOOK. Admission is free, but tickets are required to
 attend author/panel discussions and lectures. Because seating at those
 events is limited, free tickets will be available through select
 Ticketmaster locations in Southern California or for a $. 75 per ticket fee
 at Ticketmaster.com between 12 Noon, Sunday, April 22nd and 5:00 p.m.,
 April 26th. A limited number of tickets will also be available on-site
 during the Festival.
     Biography & History
     Biography:  20th Century Lives
     Biography:  Icons on the Page
     Biography:  Patriotism & Dissent
     Biography:  Remarkable Lives
     History:  The World Between Two Covers
     Current Events
     Always Running:  The 2008 Election
     Crossing the Border:  Immigrant Lives
     Current Interest: Profiles in Terror
     Current Interest: State of the Union
     Divided We Stand:  Facing Tough Issues
     Iraq:  What's Next?
     Land and Sea:  The Health of the Planet
     Sands of Strife:  The Middle East
     The Age of Spin:  Controlling the Message
     Fiction:  Delving Within
     Fiction:  Dark Humor
     Fiction:  Hearts and Minds
     Fiction:  Hopes and Disappointments in the Promised Land
     Fiction:  Jumping Off the Page
     Fiction:  Laugh Lines
     Fiction:  Lives on the Edge
     Fiction:  Modern Myth
     Fiction:  Novel Landscapes
     Fiction:  Portraits in Time
     Fiction:  Taking On the World
     Fiction:  Through the Looking Glass
     Fiction:  Visions of the South
     Fiction:  Writing Across Genres
     First Novels:  New Visions
     Fiction without Boundaries
     Blurring the Lines:  Fiction & Mystery
     Inland Empire Fiction:  The Other California
     Los Angeles Fiction:  Living in Paradise
     The Power of Fiction
     Dracula's Children:  Books with Bite
     Children & Young Adults
     Children's Books:  Creating Today's Classics
     Children's Books:  Picture Me This
     Young Adult Fiction:  Writing for Teens & Tweens
     Young Adult Fiction:  Reality Bites
     Page & Screen
     The Business:  How Hollywood Works
     Media & Journalism
     New Media:  Blogging & Beyond
     Journalism:  Getting the Story
     The Future of News
     Mystery:  From One Murder to the Next
     Mystery:  Death Becomes You
     Mystery:  Perps & Vics
     Mystery:  Conspiracy Theories
     Mystery:  Keeping it Lighter
     Mystery:  Southern California's Mean Streets
     Nonfiction:  Humor and Attitude
     Nonfiction:  The Ties That Bind
     Rx: Adventures in the World of Medicine
     Memoir:  Lessons Learned
     Memoir:  What Shapes Us
     Memoir:  Hidden Truths
     True Crime:  When It Happens to You
     Music:  The L.A. Sound
     The New Adulthood:  Why Should Kids Have All the Fun?
     Scripted Spaces:  What is the West?
     Our Schools:  What Works?
     Fault Lines:  L.A. on the Page
     The Promised Land:  California & the American Dream
     The Global Village
     Poetry:  Inspiring Lines
     Poetry:  Chapter & Verse
     Publishing:  The Brass Tacks
     The Future of Publishing
     Publishing:  Independent Voices
     Religion:  The Politics of Faith
     Religion & Culture:  Do They Mix?
     Science & Humanity:  From the Past to the Future
     Writing Science
     Critical Thinking:  The Role of the Reviewer
     Litblogs:  Words Online
     Books About Books
     Punching the Clock Twice:  Writing After Hours
     The Sunday Funnies
     Film Screening
     Participants to be featured in "In Conversation with ....." or in solo
      sessions are:
     Dr. Phil McGraw in Conversation with Mitch Albom
     Ellen Burstyn in Conversation with Leonard Maltin
     Gore Vidal in Conversation with Jon Weiner
     Kirk Douglas in Conversation with Patt Morrison
     Lee Iacocca with an Introduction from David Hiller
     Jared Diamond in Conversation with Susan Diamond
     Jane Smiley in Conversation with David L. Ulin
     Jim Lehrer in Conversation with Sander Vanocur
     Joseph Wambaugh & James Ellroy in Conversation
     Mary Higgins Clark & Carol Higgins Clark in Conversation with Connie
     Michael Connelly in Conversation with Kit Rachlis
     Mitch Albom in Conversation with Frank McCourt
     Paul Conrad in Conversation with M.G. Lord
     Ralph Nader in Conversation with Marc Cooper
     Robert Crais & Harlan Coben in Conversation
     Walter Mosley in Conversation with Karen Grigsby Bates
     William Kittredge in Conversation with Tom Curwen
     Ray Bradbury
     T.C. Boyle
     Six Stages Featuring Celebrities, Discussions, Readings and Family
     The ETC. Stage will offer a mix of discussion and musical performances
 from such artists as Define-A-Thon, Scott Fickas, Los Abandoned and Quinto
 Sol. The Reading by 9 Storytelling stage will also feature a mix of music
 and favorite children's book readings including: Emcee, Adam Rivers, Kylee
 Lin, Miss California Teen USA, Alan Katz, Storyteller, Jim Weiss and
 "Gilligan's Island" favorite Tina Louise, KidSpace Children's Museum,
 Children's Museum of Los Angeles' Readers Theatre Project, PBS' Jay Jay the
 Jet Plane, Beethoven's Wig and many more.
     The Target Reading Stage will feature an array of entertainment and
 book readings by Julie Andrews Edwards, Henry Winkler, Katherine Holabird,
 Angelina the Ballerina Stage Show, Rosemary Wells, Hi-5, The Justin Roberts
 Band, and many more.
     The Barnes & Noble Stage will showcase Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Gunn,
 Dan Matthews, Mike Farrell, Sherman Alexie, T. Jefferson Parker, and many
     The Cooking Stage will host Govind Armstrong, Dave Lieberman, Cat Cora,
 Ted Allen, Martin Yan, Barbara Fairchild & Janet McCracken, and Nancy
     The Poetry Stage will have a wonderful line-up including Mark Doty,
 Jane Miller, David St. John, Carol Muske-Dukes and many more.
     Festival of Book Sponsors
     The presenting sponsor for the 2007 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
 is Target and the major sponsors are Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Borders
 Bookstores and Ticketmaster. Contributing Sponsors for the event are
 Ghirardelli, Time Warner, and Toyota's "Highway to the Future: Mobile
 Hybrid Experience." Supporting sponsors are Chronicle Books, Geffen
 Playhouse, Jiffy Lube and Luxe Hotel and KRLA Talkradio 870, KABC Talkradio
 790, Radio Disney (KDIS-1110 AM), KCRW 89.9, KPFK 90.7 are the festival's
 media sponsors.
     Los Angeles Times Book Prize Awards Ceremony
     The 27th annual presentation of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes will
 be held Friday, April 27, at 8 p.m., in UCLA's Royce Hall. PBS Newshour
 host Jim Lehrer will emcee the event, and the ceremony will recognize
 William Kittredge with the Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement as
 well as honor books in nine categories. The Los Angeles Times Book Prizes,
 established in 1980, celebrate outstanding literary achievement in
 biography, current interest, fiction, first fiction, history,
 mystery/thriller, poetry, science and technology, and young adult fiction.
     Tickets are required for the Book Prizes ceremony and are on sale at
 UCLA's Central Ticket Office 310-825-2101 and online at
 www.tickets.ucla.edu under "Special Events" (a surcharge applies). Tickets
 are $18 for a reserved seat only. Special $65 tickets include a buffet
 dinner (6-7:45 p.m.) with many of the nominated authors at the UCLA Faculty
 Center, a prime reserved ceremony seat and convenient Royce Hall parking.
     About the Los Angeles Times
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 the country, with a daily readership of nearly 2.2 million and 3.3 million
 on Sunday. The Los Angeles Times and its media businesses -- including
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 approximately 8.1 million or 62% of all adults in the Southern California
 marketplace every week.
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 125 years and is part of Tribune Company (NYSE:   TRB), one of the country's
 leading media companies with businesses in publishing, the Internet and
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